Are Jesus and the Father the Same?

Jesus said that we can see the Father when we look at Him (Jesus). He also said that He and the Father are one.  What did Jesus mean by those statements? Does it mean that He and the Father are exactly the same?

In order to answer that question, we need to first look at the differences between the Father and the Son in the New Testament. [Read more…]

Why Should I Believe Jesus Is the Only Answer to Life?

What gives Jesus the credibility and authority to speak to us about eternal things? What makes him the key to all of life’s questions?

There are five basic ways we know Jesus alone is the answer to our quest for truth and purpose in life. [Read more…]

How Could the Eternal God Die on a Cross?

The New Testament tells us that Jesus was fully man as well as fully God. This “incarnation” of God is a mystery, but is clearly taught throughout Scripture. As Paul tells us in Philippians 2:5-9, Jesus had “stripped himself of all privilege by…being born as a mortal man.” God didn’t die on the cross, since that is impossible. It was Jesus the mortal man who suffered and died on the cross for our sins. [Read more…]

If Jesus Is God, Why Did He Cry Out on the Cross “My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?”

The Old Testament had foretold that God would come to earth as a child to be our Savior and Lord (Isaiah 9:6). It also foretold that this Savior, or Messiah, would suffer horribly as he took upon himself the sins of the world. So in some miraculous way, the Messiah would be both God and man. Several prophecies foretold that his suffering would be almost unbearable. Jesus claimed that he was that Messiah. [Read more…]

Is the Father Pleased or Displeased with Those Who Worship Jesus?

Throughout the Bible, God (Yahweh) alone is to be worshiped. The first of the Ten Commandments given by God to Moses was, “Thou shall have no other gods…” A god could be an idol, a person, an angel, or any other created being. Therefore, to worship anything or anyone other than God was the most abominable sin one could commit.

However, Jesus accepted worship on nine different occasions recorded in the New Testament. [Read more…]

Does Christianity Teach Three Gods or One God?

The Bible clearly speaks of one God in both Old and New Testaments. In a clear emphatic declaration, God tells us in Isaiah:

I alone am God. There is no other God—there never has been, and there never will be. I, yes I, am the LORD, and there is no other Savior.

Isaiah 43:10b, 11, NLT

So, are Christians blaspheming God when they teach that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh? [Read more…]

Did the Apostles Teach that Jesus is the Creator Written of in Genesis?

In Genesis, the God of the Bible is revealed as Creator of everything from the tiny atom to the magnitude of space with its billions of galaxies. Thus, it would have been heresy for a Jew to think an angel or any other created being was the Creator. Isaiah confirms that God (Yahweh) is the Creator:

“This is what the Lord, the Creator and Holy One of Israel says…I am the one who made the earth and created people to live on it. With my hands I stretched out the heavens. All the millions of stars are at my command….I, the LORD Almighty, have spoken!” (Isaiah 45:11a, 12, 13b)

Did the Apostles Teach that Jesus Is the Creator Written of in Genesis?
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Secret Knowers?

The Gnostics thought they had secret, special knowledge hidden from ordinary people. Their name comes from the Greek word gnosis, meaning “knowledge.” As Christianity spread, the Gnostics mixed some doctrines and elements of Christian­ity into their beliefs, morphing Gnosticism into a counterfeit Christianity. Perhaps they did it to keep recruitment numbers up and make Jesus a poster child for their cause. However, for their system of thought to fit with Christianity, Jesus needed to be rein­vented, stripped of both his humanity and his absolute deity. [Read more…]

Why Did Jesus Call Himself the Son of Man?

Some people argue that Jesus’ reference to himself as the “Son of Man,” proves he didn’t claim deity.

However, theologian J.I. Packer explains that the name “Son of Man” referred to Jesus’ role as Savior-King, fulfilling Isaiah’s depiction of the Messiah as both the suffering Savior¹ and the coming King where he is called, “The Mighty God,” “The Everlasting Father,” The Prince of Peace.”²

During his trial before Caiaphas, the high priest, Jesus referred to himself as the “Son of Man” foretold by the prophet Daniel. Caiaphas ordered Jesus, “I demand in the name of the living God—tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” [Read more…]

Did Constantine Invent the Christian Doctrine of Jesus’ Divinity?

In the centuries prior to Constantine’s reign over the Roman Empire, Christians had been severely persecuted. But then, while entrenched in warfare, Constantine reported to have seen a bright image of a cross in the sky inscribed with the words “Conquer by this.” He marched into battle under the sign of the cross and took control of the empire.

Constantine’s apparent conversion to Christianity was a watershed in church history. Rome became a Christian empire. For the first time in nearly 300 years it was relatively safe, and even cool, to be a Christian.

No longer were Christians persecuted for their faith. Constantine then sought to unify his Eastern and Western Empires, which had been badly divided by schisms, sects, and cults, centering mostly around the issue of Jesus Christ’s identity.

These are some of the kernels of truth author Dan Brown uses in The Da Vinci Code, and kernels of truth are a prerequisite for any successful conspiracy theory. But the book’s plot turns Constantine into a conspirator. So let’s address a key question raised by Brown’s theory:  did Constantine invent the Christian doctrine of Jesus’ divinity? [Read more…]